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Storøya

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General: Storøya meanse ‘Big Island’, which must have been a joke, as the island appears to be small and lost behind the large Nordaustland. Because of the difficult ice conditions and not well charted waters, the island is difficult to reach. It belongs to the Northeast Svalbard Nature Reserve.

For more, detailed information: the Guidebook Spitsbergen-Svalbard

Guidebook Spitsbergen-Svalbard

Storøya

Geology: Mostly covered by an ice cap. The ice-free northern part consists of basement dolerite, as Kræmerpynten on the east side of Kvitøya; these rocks – being part of the basement – are quite rare in Svalbard.

Recommended book for further, well-digestable (really!) info about geology and landscape of Svalbard.

Landscape: Rocky lowland with some lakes, beaches with some driftwood. The larger part of the island is covered by an ice cap with a classical shape, similar to its larger neighbours on both sides, Nordaustland and Kvitøya.

Storøya. A lake in the barren tundra and the ice cap in the background.

Storøya. A lake in the barren tundra and the ice cap in the background.

Flora and Fauna: High arctic, Storøya is very barren and does hardly any vegetation. Arctic terns breed here, and in 2005  Storøya has been confirmed as breeding site of the Sabine’s Gull which is extremely rare in Svalbard. Walrus and polar bears are generally common in the area.

Storøya
Storøya

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last modification: 2014-10-28 · copyright: Rolf Stange
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